Here we are, nearly finished with April, and I wonder how the full moon’s treating you? Here in Okieland, the moon always makes for prodigious creative output, just like clockwork.
Speaking of creative output, my third book will be released this summer. Here’s the blurb:
“From the author of Ezekiel’s Wheels and It’s Not That Hard To comes the true crime novel Now I Lay Me Down. Ten years ago, two little girls went for a walk down a dirt road and never made it back home. Their brutal murders sent a sleepy Oklahoma community into a spiral of grief and sparked the largest investigative pursuit in OSBI history. Pressure mounted when the investigative team ruled out an exhaustive list of suspects and the remains of another young woman were discovered in a smoldering fire. The untested Assistant District Attorney, not long out of law school, found herself heading up a “War Room” assembled by officials to catch the killer. This is the true life story of three murdered girls and the Oklahoma woman who pursued their killer.”
I’ve been working on this book for just over a year now. It was wild work, serving as proof that the truth really is stranger than fiction. Since I began writing books a great number of people have approached me to ask if I would write their story – and while I believe every life is book worthy, I always decline because I have enough material swirling in my own head to last a lifetime.
But one fine September evening a couple of years ago I sat around a campfire by the river with several women. One of them told me she had a true story that she thought I ought to write down. I rolled my eyes in the dark thinking, “here we go again”. But then the things she told me made my hair stand on end. I knew that very night that I would have to write the book.
The research and interviews took me to murder sites, courthouses, isolated back roads and sleepy little towns. The paperwork included thousands of court documents, news articles, web sites and yes, some correspondence with a convicted killer.
While the catalyst for the book is very sad, there is also redemption. That redemption is found in a young, struggling Okie girl who grew up to seek justice for other girls much like herself, who never got that chance.
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Shine ON, as always.